Special programs for older campers at Big Spring include SOLE, CORE and a counselor-in-training program. 8th and 9th graders may choose a multi-day SOLE (Sanborn Outdoor Leadership Experience) or CORE (Community OutReach Experience) trip centered on rock-climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, or mountaineering. Each trip provides campers with the opportunity to learn and practice leadership, team development and technical skills in a safe and exciting outdoor environment.
10th graders at camp are invited to join our counselor-in-training program. In addition to enjoying advanced activities with peers, CITs participate in extensive leadership training and accept real responsibility by taking on camp-wide responsibilities and working with younger campers in the program.
All teen programs also include a service component, often partnering with state and local environmental organizations to complete a project. SOLE, CORE, and the counselor-in training experience encourage young people to make a positive difference at camp, in their schools, and in their communities.